A retrofit project that involved converting an ammonia-based refrigeration plant to heat a large quantity of cleaning water for the largest poultry meat producer in Northern Ireland earned GEA an industry award from a European publication.

For the project at Moy Park — one of the 15 largest food companies in the United Kingdom — GEA used a 1.5 MW booster compressor as a booster heat pump to recompresses the exhaust gases. GEA’s solution made it possible to heat the water to 153°F (67°C). As a result, Moy Park was able to shut down two boilers and reduce the gas consumption of the other two.

GEA was awarded the grand prize by the jury from the British Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (RAC) magazine. The RAC Cooling Industry Award recognized GEA in its building energy project category.